Boeing bringing new 787's to Yuma for testing

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YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Officials say Boeing will do hot weather testing of its new 787 Dreamliner for several months in Yuma.

The first of several 787s set for testing arrived at the Yuma International Airport on Monday. The blue-and-white jetliner will undergo tests for two to five days.

Boeing will be performing hot weather testing on several 787 Dreamliners and 747-8 freighters at the Yuma airport's Defense Contractor Complex through the summer and fall.

The 787 can carry between 210 and 330 passengers depending on variant and seating configuration.

Boeing says the new jet will be more fuel-efficient than earlier Boeing airliners and will be the first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction.

As much as 50 percent of the 787 is made of composite materials.

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Information from: The Sun, http://www.yumasun.com

Photo courtesy Boeing:  http://www.newairplane.com